Birdwatching is like Pokémon Go but with real animals

Birdwatching probably conjures up images of an old, retired guy sporting binoculars behind his country home. But Jason Ward is rapidly dispelling that stereotype.

He’s been an avid birder since his childhood, growing up in The Bronx, NY, and has brought his passion to social media. His #TrickyBirdID Twitter threads challenge people to snap photos of unknown neighborhood birds so the global community of birders can identify them.

His enthusiasm led him to make the popular webseries Birds of North America with Topic, where viewers can follow Ward on his adventures in urban birding.

The beautiful and informative show proves that cities are in fact a great place for birdwatchers and that the hobby of birdwatching is an accessible way for everyone to reconnect with nature–regardless of class, color, or location.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet content on stage) talk to Ward about his love of birds, his journey from enthusiast to science communicator, his trepidation about making a show, and the modern technology that makes birdwatching in 2019 so much fun.

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Birds of North America has returned for a second season (June 9), and Ward will also be speaking and sharing bird songs at Topic Talks at the Skirball Center in New York City on June 22.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by the Podglomerate.

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman is the director of video and producer of 2 Girls 1 Podcast at the Daily Dot. He has been making internet shows and viral videos for nearly a decade, and has directed top talent including John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Kate McKinnon, Alton Brown, and the Sesame Street Muppets. Silverman is also the creator of FREE DAD VIDEOS, a comedy and music channel with his young children.